Southwestern Adventist University

Undergraduate Bulletin 2011-2012 PDF


Application Process

All Application materials must be submitted, to the Department of Nursing, by October 1st, application deadline. Late applications and incomplete files cannot be considered.

  1. Apply Online at the nursing webpage:
    • If you have not previously applied to Southwestern, complete the Combined Southwestern and BS Nursing Application. – OR --
    • If you have previously applied and are a current student at Southwestern, complete the BS Nursing Application.
  2. Obtain three professional reference letters from teachers, employers, and/or church pastor, which attest to professional competence, scholastic ability, emotional stability, and physical health. Send completed forms to the Nursing Admissions office. (forms are available at
  3. Send official transcripts from all schools attended (high school, colleges and/or universities) to the Southwestern Adventist University Office of Admissions and Records.
  4. Complete and send in all health records: (physical and health record forms are available at
    1. Physician’s Report of Physical Examination
    2. Proof of current immunizations as required by the State of Texas (Tdap, MMR, Varicella, Hepatitis B)
    3. Current TB Test
    4. Current CPR for the Healthcare Provider
  5. Successfully complete at least 50 semester hours of pre-nursing requirements, including courses in progress.
  6. Pass the HESI Nursing Admission Assessment Exam.
  7. Complete an interview with a nursing advisor.

Admission Criteria

  1. Meet all admission requirements for enrollment at Southwestern Adventist University.
  2. Complete all the steps in the Nursing Application Process.
  3. Successfully complete the Nursing pre-requisite courses (28 credits):
    1. BIOL 101, 102 Anatomy and Physiology I and II* (8 semester credits with lab)
    2. BIOL 220 Microbiology* (4 semester credits with lab)
    3. CHEM 105 Survey of Chemistry* (4 semester credits with lab)
    4. ENGL 121 Freshman Composition (3 semester credits)
    5. MATH 110 College Algebra* (3 semester credits) or University required math score of 500 on SAT or 21 on ACT
    6. PSYC 212 General Psychology* (3 semester credits)
    7. PSYC 220 Human Growth and Development* (3 semester credits)
  4. Successfully complete additional required courses selected from the following (22 semester credits):
    • Nursing Cognates (required)
      1. KINT 216 Nutrition* (2 semester credits)
      2. SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology* (3 semester credits)
    • General Education
      1. CSIS 102 Computer Literacy and Applications (3 semester credits)
      2. ENGL 220 Research Writing (3 semester credits)
      3. ENGL Literature Elective (3 semester credits)
      4. HIST History Elective (3 semester credits)
      5. HIST Non-American History Elective (3 semester credits)
      6. KINA Physical Education Elective (1 semester credit)
      7. NURS 110 Health Related Topic (1 semester credit)
      8. RLGN Religion Electives (6 semester credits)
      9. UNIV 110 Principles of Active Learning (1 semester credit)
  5. Maintain a cumulative college GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  6. Applicants whose first language is not English must have a score of at least 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English; as a foreign Language) or 80th percentile on the University of Michigan English Language Institute Test.
  7. Pass the HESI Nursing Admission Exam with scores of at least 80% in Reading Comprehension, Grammar, Vocabulary, Math, Anatomy and Physiology, and General Knowledge.

*Completed within the last 7 years with a grade of C or better.

Student Selection

Admission to the Southwestern BS Nursing Program is granted after completion of the Application Process and on a space available basis.  Due to the high number of applicants, not all who meet the admission criteria can be accepted. Students are selected from the applicant pool based on the following process:

  1. Applicants who have taken all their academic courses at SWAU
  2. Seventh-Day Adventist Applicants who meet the admission criteria
  3. Second degree applicants
  4. Remaining applicants by GPA and HESI Admission Exam scores

After receipt of the letter of admission to the Nursing Program, applicants must complete additional requirements to confirm and retain their place in the class.

  1. Send to the Nursing Admissions Office within 30 days of the admission letter date:
    1. $100 Nursing Deposit to reserve a place in the January class
    2. $39 Drug Testing fee. Testing will take place on an unannounced date at the beginning of the semester.
    3. Online Background Check password. Instructions will be provided with the letter of admission.
  2. Orientation:  All newly admitted nursing students are required to attend the nursing orientation prior to the beginning of the spring semester. Failure to attend will forfeit admission to the program.
  3. Uniforms are to be purchased from the designated provider.  Information will be provided during orientation regarding fitting and ordering.

Bachelor of Science Applicants (four Year Degree Program)

The student seeking a B.S. degree in nursing or a student transferring from another institution will enter the B.S. degree plan at the place determined by the Admissions Committee and follow the application process outlined for the nursing program.

Licensed Vocational Nurse Applicants (LVN-BS)

The licensed vocational nurse who wishes placement with advanced standing to earn a B.S. degree in nursing must:

  1. Currently hold an unencumbered license as a LVN/LPN.
  2. Have at least one year of work experience as a LVN/LPN.
  3. Fulfill the admission criteria and prerequisites for the B.S. program.
  4. LVNs may petition the Nursing Progression Committee to waive the admission criteria "within seven years" in the B.S. admission criteria.

General education, science, and cognate requirements are met through transfer of credit or completion of courses in residence. Credits for NURS 211 and NURS 315 (clinical portion) are awarded as credit by exam or by transfer of LVN course work. The LVN student may then enter the program in either fall or spring semester.


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